Calangute became a
traveler’s cliché in the '60s and early'70s. It was the hippies who
discovered the pristine surroundings and blissful serenity and golden sands. The
hippies also spread the word around and brought hordes of European tourists.
Decades later, tourists still trudge down the dusty, weather-beaten roads in
search of that idyllic coastal Goa.
Fun in the sun, sand and
sea along with great opportunities for feasting on fresh seafood and feni is
what a day on the Calangute beach essentially means. Frolicking families, eager
hands making sand castles, colorful crowds surging towards the sea, hippies busy
remembering the good old times and the young and old alike lazing on the golden
sands are some of the images that characterize this Queen of Beaches. This
picture of a perfect tourist haven is completed with shacks and stalls under the
shade of palm trees selling everything from fried prawns and beer to trinkets
made of seashells. The rainbow hued canvas of Calangute has welcomed everyone to
it always though it became popular across the globe only after the hippies
discovered it in the ‘60s.
As the vast traffic on the
Chogm road reaches the village, the over 400 old Church of St Alex greets with its two
towers and a magnificent dome gracing the façade. The inside of the church is a
display of the line and beauty of its architectural style and ornate altars.
Calangute, 7 km streach of sand and surf, is basically an extension of Baga
Beach. The old red tiled fishers houses behind the dunes have long been
swamped by restaurant schacs and bars, handicraft shops, probably more crowded than Baga. In the high season
(December to March) it can get very crowded with tourists. If
you are a
traveler looking for peace and quite then it's better to head to more
secluded beaches up north or south.
are a lot of activities you can do on Calangute Beach; Para sailing,
windsurfing, wave surfing, Kite Surfing, jet skying, play volleyball on
the beach, Frisbee, football or just have a massage on the beach for a
fraction of the price it is in western countries.
Thanks to the droves of
predominantly European package tourists who stay here, Calangute's and Baga's nightlife
is the liveliest in the area. Because of the stiff
competition, prices are generally reasonable.
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